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Waco, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

86,402 4,395 23,800 30,043 160 7,897 100,075
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 108 68,449 294.92
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 17 25,849 111.37
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 54 18,693 80.54
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 4,703 20.26
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 3,356 14.46
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 3,220 13.87
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,156 9.29
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 2,054 8.85
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 1,997 8.60
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,454 6.26
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,169 5.04
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,093 4.71
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 943 4.06
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 500 2.15
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 484 2.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 477 2.06
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 450 1.94
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 425 1.83
Jewish Other Judaism 2 300 1.29
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 300 1.29
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 279 1.20
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 236 1.02
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 223 0.96
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 174 0.75
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 165 0.71
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 96 0.41
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 71 0.31
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 70 0.30
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 64 0.28
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 57 0.25
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 57 0.25
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 53 0.23
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 38 0.16
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 30 0.13
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 20 0.09
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Totals: 307 139,705  

The population of the Waco, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 232,093 in 2000; in 1990 it was 206,835. The total population changed 12.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (139,705) included 60.2% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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